Together We Can Bring Abducted Children Home
The Wendy Samantha Foundation was founded in May 2017 with the goal of providing resources and support to victims of parental child abduction – both domestic and international. The Wendy Samantha Foundation movement formed originally as a grassroots campaign to return Wendy Samantha Coronel Tenorio to her father who has been fighting an inspiring 9-year battle to be reunited with his daughter. Wendy Samantha Coronel Tenorio was abducted November 10, 2008. Inspired and motivated by the amount of effort and resources it takes to resolve child abduction cases, The Wendy Samantha Foundation’s founders felt a calling to assist other parents in similar situations.
The Wendy Samantha Foundation’s mission is to assist victims of parental child abduction – both domestic and international, educate the public about the issue, prevent future abductions, and draw attention to the increasing number of cases that currently exist with the purpose of returning abducted children to their home countries and reuniting them with their left-behind families.
Many children abducted by a parent are traumatized by the loss of their other parent and extended family left behind by the abduction. These children lose half of their identity as they find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, forced to live in a country where they may be unfamiliar with the language and culture. Abducted children are often lied to about why the left-behind parent is no longer a part of their lives. Child psychologists overwhelmingly label parental child abduction as a serious form of child abuse.
Left-behind parents and family members are emotionally and often times financially devastated by the loss of an abducted child. Government resources to assist them are limited and often ineffective which forces these families to fight legal battles on their own, at home and in the foreign country where their children were taken. This can be a daunting task given left-behind family members may not speak or read the language and have little to no support on the ground, and where the abducting parent often enjoys a legal advantage in the courts.
The Wendy Samantha Foundation’s efforts focus mainly on providing private counseling and support to left-behind parents and their family members, educating the public and lawmakers on the issue of parental child abduction – both domestic and international, and advocating on behalf of victims of parental child abduction by raising awareness through the media and through various speaking engagements.